Hackney School of Food

About Us

The Hackney School of Food is a vibrant cookery school established by LEAP Federation of Schools (Gayhurst Community School, Mandeville Primary and Kingsmead Primary) in partnership with the charity Chefs in Schools.

We offer schools and our community a broad range of cookery courses to teach children and their families to cook nourishing food from scratch.

Set amidst beautiful productive gardens where we grow much of our produce from scratch. we offer an immersive experience in growing and cooking real food made from the freshest ingredients.

We are at the forefront of children’s food education and research, working with Kings College Department of Nutrition to teach children about the importance of fresh food throughout their lives.

Mission Statement

The Hackney School of Food is designed to be a vibrant cooking centre to inspire, support and develop a love of cooking in people of all ages and levels of experience from young children to experienced chefs.

Central to our mission is the belief that sharing great food unites families, communities, and society as a whole.  Chefs in Schools and the LEAP federation have built the Hackney School of Food to facilitate food education by transforming a derelict and unused site into a place that will deliver high quality training, resources and fresh produce that will travel quickly from soil to spoon.

Our team of chefs, gardeners and educators work together to develop exciting new courses that will fulfil every need.  As a community organisation, we invite collaboration from everyone who has an interest in our project and rely greatly on the work of our volunteers and the generosity of our patrons and charities that have helped us get this far.

We aim to inspire healthy lifestyles, great nutrition, enjoyment and inclusivity that brings us all together to share and develop as one wider community.

Who We Are

The Hackney School of Food is a joint venture from Chefs in Schools (Registered Charity Number 1178964) and the LEAP Federation of Schools. Co-founded by leaders from the fields of food, education and campaigning, we are the forefront of improving the food, food education and food culture in schools.

 

Our Staff:

THOMAS WALKER

THOMAS WALKER

Head Food Educator

Samia Mohammed

Samia Mohammed

Kitchen Assistant

LIDKA D'AGOSTINO

LIDKA D'AGOSTINO

Head Gardener

Our Steering Group:

NAOMI DUNCAN

NAOMI DUNCAN

Chief Executive, Chefs in Schools

ANNA SCHABEL

ANNA SCHABEL

Parent Governor LEAP Federation

Louise Nichols

Louise Nichols

Director and Executive Head of LEAP Federation

MARC THOMPSON

MARC THOMPSON

Associate Headteacher, Mandeville Primary School

Nicole Pisani

Nicole Pisani

Executive chef, Chefs in Schools

LOLA AKINDOYIN

LOLA AKINDOYIN

Head of Programme - Moving Together, Hackney Council

IAN MULLANEY

IAN MULLANEY

Chair of Governors LEAP Federation

– What We Offer –

For Schools

Open to all schools. One day courses (9:30 to 3:30) for 30 kids max. Book Now!

For Chefs

See our courses for vocational chefs and more. Evening sessions.

For Communities

Community classes and events for adults and families. Be part of it!

Private Hire

Private classes and events available.
The perfect ethical present or surprise.!

Corporate

Ethical away days and team bonding for businesses, charities and companies..

How Can I Help?

Find out how to make a difference to transform food education and school food.

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